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Deadline to order December 2015 graduation regalia Oct. 4

Students eligible to participate in the December 2015 graduation ceremony should place their order for graduation regalia now at the following address: http://www.gru.edu/jagstore/graduation

All orders must be placed online by October 4, 2015.

Associate, Bachelor, Master and Specialist regalia will be shipped directly to the ship-to address indicated at the time the order is placed.

Doctoral regalia will be shipped to the Summerville JagStore and will be available for pick up on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

For more information, contact Karl Munschy at 706-729-2179 or kmunschy@gru.edu.

2015 Spring Commencement recap

JaneChen_PhotoGraduation speaker Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and the co-founder of Embrace, a company that has created an inexpensive baby incubator that could save millions of lives worldwide, asked the graduates and those filling the James Brown Arena to watch the commencement ceremony to take a moment to contemplate the great cathedrals of Europe.

Why, she asked, would people – whole generations of people – devote their lives so tirelessly to building monuments they would likely never see completed?

“I think it was because they believed in a purpose that was far greater than themselves,” she said. “And as we gather here and you move on to your next steps, I ask each of you to think about what the cathedral is that you want to build. What is the legacy you want to leave behind?”

That message seemed to resonate with the more than 1,000 graduates (check out photo gallery here), many of whom looked as if they were taking the question to heart.

“If you can dream it, you can build it,” Chen finished. “So go out there and make your cathedral a reality.”

Click here to read The Augusta Chronicle’s article on how Chen encouraged GRU graduates to follow their passion rather than pleasing others.

 

 

 

Graduation celebrations and hooding ceremonies

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in Georgia Regents University’s commencement exercises on May 8, at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that developed an innovative baby incubator solution designed to address infant mortality in developing countries.

Each of GRU’s nine colleges will hold year-end ceremonies as follows:

  • College of Science and Mathematics Graduation Reception, 10 a.m., May 8, Science Hall Atrium, Summerville Campus; Psychology Hooding Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., May 7, The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street
  • Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 7, The Augusta Convention Center, 2 10th St.
  • College of Nursing Convocation , 3 p.m., May 7, GRU Christenberry Fieldhouse
  • College of Education, 4:30 p.m., May 7, Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and Honors Ceremony; 6 p.m., May 7, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
  • Hull College of Business Graduation Reception, 6 p.m., May 7, Allgood Hall North Stairwell, Summerville Campus
  • College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., May 8, Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road
  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Graduation Celebration; 9 a.m., May 8, GRU Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Summerville Campus; ROTC Officer Commissioning Ceremony, 1 p.m., May 7, GRU Maxwell Theatre, Summerville Campus
  • College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., May 8, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

GRU’s Student Government Association will also hold an Undergraduate Ceremony at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in the GRU Summerville Quad on the Summerville Campus.

For more information on graduation activities, call GRU’s Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 706-721-1411, or visit gru.edu/students/graduation/

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  gru.edu

 

Embrace CEO to serve as GRU’s spring commencement speaker

AUGUSTA, Ga.- More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in Georgia Regents University’s commencement exercises on May 8, at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

 
This year’s speaker will be Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that developed an innovative baby incubator solution designed to address the global infant mortality in developing countries.

 
With a career that includes a blend of business and social sector experience, Chen has worked with several non-profit organizations to shed light on the healthcare issues in developing worlds.

She spent several years as the program director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China and assisted with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Access Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Tanzania.

Chen is also the former management consultant for Monitor Group where she advised Fortune 500 companies with strategy development, marketing, and acquisitions.

Recently, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and she was profiled by the Dove Real Role Model campaign for her Embrace work.

Chen holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. She also received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

Commencement gives graduates time to reflect and celebrate

 

Moments before Saturday’s Fall Commencement ceremony, Brad Ellis, a member of the Clinical Nurse Leader program in the College of Nursing, was in the men’s room of the James Brown Arena tying his tie and reflecting on the master’s degree he was about to be recognized for.

“I’ve been impressed with how hands-on the faculty is, how much they coddle each person’s success, and how they promote that within the institution,” he said. “It’s a family.”

A graduate of USC Aiken, Ellis chose to join the 16-month accelerated nursing program because of its proximity to his home and the quality of the instruction.

“It’s been very convenient for me to shoot across the river and get a great education,” he said.

For sociology major Edward Boadie of Atlanta, GRU offered a second chance for academic success.

“In my previous school, Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, I was doing well, but then something happened that caused my grades to go down low,” he said while standing in the alphabetized line before marching out to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the GRU Brass Quintet. “This school gave me the chance to come back from the whole academic suspension thing.”

Each of the graduating students who crossed the stage had their own story, of course, and all received words of wisdom from Dr. Ricardo Azziz, GRU President, and Thierry Roques, the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola of Greater China and Korea, who gave the commencement address.

Roques, who has lived in 12 countries and has visited over 100, spoke passionately about the opportunities awaiting the graduates.

“Opportunities have never been so many or so big,” he said. “We are living in very exciting times, and you are lucky to be graduating today.”

In Chinese, he said, the word “crisis” is comprised of two characters. The first means danger, the second opportunity.

“With challenges come opportunities, but it’s up to us to identify and leverage those opportunities,” he said.

Azziz urged the graduates to remain curious and to cultivate their creativity.

“It has been said that curiosity is the wick of the candle of learning,” he said. “There would be no spark of learning without curiosity. Be curious. Ask questions, and never accept the easy answer. Stretch beyond your comfort zone.”

That curiosity, he stressed, should be a way of life, not just a moment in time.

Tying in Roques’ Asian experience, Azziz emphasized the importance of thoughtfulness by telling the graduates to deliberately give themselves time to think.

“It is said that in the Japanese business culture, if someone enters your office and they find you gazing out the window absentmindedly, thinking, they will quietly retreat to allow you to complete your thought,” he said. “In the U.S., our business culture really calls for interrupting that person because we are sure that a thoughtful moment is of no value. We are a nation of action, not always a nation of thoughtfulness.”

And yet those eureka moments come, he said, when our brains are allowed to process information and make new connections.

For Ellis, who contemplated not walking, the ceremony offered him a time to reflect on his accomplishments.

“After talking with my 81-year-old grandmother, who reminded me that I’m the first master’s graduate in our family, I decided to do it,” he said. “I’m grateful to her for bringing that to my attention, because I’m not just representing myself, I’m representing my family, too.”

For a slideshow of commencement photos, click here:

 

 

Coca-Cola executive to speak at December commencement

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than 600 students will become the newest graduates of Georgia Regents University after fall commencement exercises, planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the James Brown Arena.

Thierry Roques, Vice President and Chief Finance Officer for Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea, a business unit of The Coca-Cola Company, will be the guest speaker.

Since 2008, Roques has managed finance, marketing procurement, and supplier guiding principles activities for China – Coca-Cola’s third largest market, Korea, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and Mongolia. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1995 as an internal auditor and spent three years travelling around the world auditing Coca-Cola operations in every continent.

Roques moved to Asia in 1998 and held various finance positions in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand before relocating to Shanghai, China, in 2005 as deputy CFO for the China business unit. He also served on the board of the Supply Chain Management Company and China Bottler Procurement Company, two joint ventures between Coca-Cola and its main bottling partners in China.

He earned two master’s degrees – economics and political science – from Paris II Assas University in France and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University in New York.

Student retention, graduation rates rise at GRU

AUGUSTA, Ga.- Georgia Regents University’s student retention and graduation rates are on the rise, according to a recent report from the University System of Georgia.

GRU’s retention rate among freshmen who return for their sophomore year has risen over three percent since fall 2011, and six-year graduation rates have seen a seven percent increase since 2012.

University officials attribute these improvements to a series of high-impact, proactive services targeted to keeping students on track to graduate.

One of those initiatives, ‘4 Years 4 U,’ launched in fall 2013 and centers on a two-way dialogue between freshman and sophomore students and the university’s newly augmented advising staff, along with a flat tuition model that incentivizes students to enroll for 15 hours, the pace needed to graduate in four years.

In fall 2012, only 8 percent of freshmen attempted 15 or more credit hours and fewer than four percent succeeded. In fall 2013, aided by ‘4 Years 4 U’ counseling, 71 percent of freshmen attempted 15 or more credit hours and 42 percent succeeded. This fall, the percent of freshmen attempting 15 or more credits reached 89.5 percent.

In addition to ‘4 Years 4 U,” GRU has also enhanced its recruitment efforts and created effective and engaging orientation and Convocation programs. The university added opportunities for student engagement — a critical factor for student success — through campus and academic enrichment activities and leadership development programs.

“We are excited, we are grateful, we are proud, and we are sure this is only the beginning,” said Dr. Gretchen Caughman, GRU’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “GRU thanks our community and state who provide so much support to our institution and for all of the students who are creating their future at our university.”

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  http://www.gru.edu

 

GRU graduates more than 700 in Fall Commencement

Fall 2013 Graduation caps
Photo by Phil Jones, Senior Photographer

More than 700 graduates were honored on Sunday at Georgia Regents University’s first Fall Commencement ceremony at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Becky Blalock, Managing Partner of Advisory Capital and former Chief Information Officer of Southern Company, delivered the commencement address, urging the graduates to reach their goals by stepping out of their comfort zones.

“I challenge you to set stretch goals for yourself,” said Blalock. “To dream bigger than you think possible, because you are more capable than you realize. You are now armed with a degree from one of the most respected institutions in this country. There isn’t anything you can’t do.”

Blalock went on to share three pieces of advice that have helped her which included knowing what you want out of life, being unafraid of expanding your boundaries, and staying focused on the important relationships in your life while giving back to help others.

“Do your best to notice the positive things around you and go out into this world with the great accomplishment you achieved today,” said Blalock. “Focus on what it is you want, be bold in going after it, and remember that our relationship with others is what is truly important in life.”

Blalock is a best-selling author as well as a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Foundation.

Blalock earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia, and she received a master’s degree with honors in finance from Mercer University. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Program for Management Development.

Blalock to serve as GRU’s Fall Commencement speaker

 

Becky Blalock

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Award-winning corporate leadership and information technology expert Becky Blalock will be the featured speaker at Georgia Regents University’s Fall Commencement ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, in the university’s Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Blalock is Managing Partner at Advisory Capital LLC, a strategic consulting firm that provides business management and leadership development expertise for companies involved in the energy, information technology, and medical industries.

As former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southern Company, Blalock spent nearly a decade directing IT strategy and operations for the 6th largest utility company in the world. Under her leadership, Southern Company was recognized as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld magazine.

Blalock is a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Foundation and Computerworld identified her as a Premier IT Leader. She was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential Atlantans and is listed among Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Blalock earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia and she received a master’s degree with honors in finance from Mercer University. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Program for Management Development.

This is GRU’s first Fall Commencement and more than 700 students will be receiving their degrees during the ceremony.

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 Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with  nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  http://www.gru.edu